Pillow – An Enigma



In my medical practice, the pillow has been a very common topic of discussion among my patients.

In a day, we all sleep on an average of 7-8 hours. It constitutes one third (1/3 ) of our day, so a pillow should provide adequate relaxation and rest to our neck muscles, so as to avoid a stiff neck in the morning.

It comes down to two common basic questions

1. Should I use a pillow?

Yes, of course, we should use a pillow

2. Which is an Ideal pillow?

The basic idea is to keep your neck straight

If you sleep on your back, then it should be a smaller one ( 1- 1¹/² inch)

If you sleep on your sides, then use a bigger one (5 – 6 inches: distance from the side of the neck to the tip of the shoulder)


3. What should be the material in my pillow?

We can always use a cotton pillow or a foam pillow, but make sure the pillow is firm (neither too hard or neither too soft so as to avoid the head to sink in the pillow).

Sleep is a vital part of our daily biological routine, and a good night’s sleep can make a very happy good morning.

Dr. Kirti S Mane Spine Surgeon

About the Author: Dr. K S Mane, D Ortho, M.S Ortho, Fellow in Spine Surgery, Consultant Spine Surgeon

A spine specialist, a health professional who focuses mainly on treating spine conditions. skilled as a spine surgeon, with 12 years of working experience in hospitals and clinics. a

He can be reached on consult@drkirtimane.com


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